Book Review of Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey

Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey

308 pages

ISBN: 9780593139134

Publication: 10/20/20 by Crown Publishing Group

Genre: Autobiography (aka “a playbook“)

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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From the Academy Award®–winning actor, an unconventional memoir filled with raucous stories, outlaw wisdom, and lessons learned the hard way about living with greater satisfaction.


We all step in shit from time to time. We hit roadblocks, we fuck up, we get fucked, we get sick, we don’t get what we want, we cross thousands of “could have done better”s and “wish that wouldn’t have happened”s in life. Stepping in shit is inevitable, so let’s either see it as good luck, or figure out how to do it less often.

DISCLAIMER: If you’re going to read the book, maybe hold off on reading this review.

This is no doubt one of my favorite books this year. I don’t typically talk about my ongoing infatuation…*ahem*… admiration for Matthew McConaughey, but I think I finally have an opportunity to rave. He’s one of my favorite actors, and now one of my favorite people. Not only is his voice just *chef’s kiss* but he’s such an interesting man. He’s open to all the world has to offer him, and I can 100% respect that. We need more people like him in this world, and I’m sure they exist, but they aren’t out here being movie stars.

I understand he’s just a human being so don’t come for me. I’m not putting him on any kind of pedestal. Relax.

ANYWAY. Let’s move on to the thing I came here to do—write a book review.

First of all, Alright. Alright. Alright. is mentioned in the book a couple of times so don’t you fret.

The book is sectioned into eight different parts: Outlaw Logic, Find Your Frequency, Dirt Roads and Autobahns, The Art of Running Downhill, Turn the Page, The Arrow Doesn’t Seek the Target, The Target Draws the Arrow, Be Brave, Take the Hill, and Live Your Legacy Now.

Each section takes place at a significant time in his life—using Oil of Mink and having to go on acutane, being a foreign exchange student, his first line in a movie, finding his true love, having children, traveling the world, getting married, etc.

I loved learning about his family. I had no idea he had brothers, and one of them is actually adopted. His brothers always seemed supportive of Matthew and vice versa. His parents were divorced and remarried, twice…to each other. His dad was a “rite of passage” type of man. His mom is a “no regrets” type of women. It’s crazy to think about the type of men they all grew up to be—very different from each other.

My favorite parts in the book are when he went to be a foreign exchange student in Australia for a year, learning about what it took to make Dallas Buyers Club, and his brief thoughts on marriage. They felt like the most vulnerable parts of his life, and I think it’s awesome that he shared it. I don’t know what I would have done being stuck with a crazy family in the exchange program. You’ll have to go read it to find out exactly what happened. It’ll definitely make you think.

Aside from the crazy stories, McConaughey is also a good writer. I didn’t really expect that, but I shouldn’t be assuming someone is good or bad at something. I didn’t know he had so much to say. There’s a lot that surprised me with this one.

Me? I haven’t made all A’s in the art of livin, but I give a damn, and I’ll take an experienced C over an ignorant A any day.

The book is designed in a way that screams Matthew McConaughey. You can tell he put a lot of time and effort into it. There are bumper sticker quotes and “notes to self” all throughout. I’m happy that he was able to add in those little touches. I’m excited to see if he writes another book. If you like Matthew McConaughey, then I’d recommend this book to you. It’s so much fun to experience.

Reach beyond your grasp, have immortal finish lines, and turn your red light green, because a roof a man-made thing.

Academy Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey is a married man, a father of three children, and a loyal son and brother. He considers himself a storyteller by occupation, believes it’s okay to have a beer on the way to the temple, feels better with a day’s sweat on him, and is an aspiring orchestral conductor. In 2009, Matthew and his wife, Camila, founded the just keep livin Foundation, which helps at-risk high school students make healthier mind, body, and spirit choices. In 2019, McConaughey became a professor of practice at the University of Texas at Austin, as well as Minister of Culture/M.O.C. for the University of Texas and the City of Austin. McConaughey is also brand ambassador for Lincoln Motor Company, an owner of the Major League Soccer club Austin FC, and co-creator of his favorite bourbon on the planet, Wild Turkey Longbranch.


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